Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

I will con­firm once again that the City plans to hold both the an­nual Aus­tralia Day fam­ily break­fast event at Coogee Beach and the Aus­tralia Day Cit­i­zen­ship Cer­e­mony on Jan­uary 26 next year. MAXWELL Wee­don presents a well rea­soned ar­gu­ment for the ‘no’ vote on same sex mar­riage (Fre­man­tle Gazette, Septem­ber 26).

He makes some valid points about DNA fol­low­ing ge­netic codes de­ter­min­ing an in­di­vid­ual’s char­ac­ter­is­tics and that surgery or med­i­ca­tion does not change “in-born anatom­i­cal path­ways of de­vel­op­ment”.

He care­fully avoids men­tion­ing that changes can oc­cur nat­u­rally in DNA, which cause many vari­a­tions in the de­vel­op­ing em­bryos.

Ge­netic ten­den­cies to med­i­cal prob­lems is an ex­am­ple of th­ese.

Other vari­a­tions give us the great com­posers and mu­si­cians, artists, ex­cep­tional ac­tors and sports­peo­ple, as well as ge­niuses and those with dif­fer­ent sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions. Th­ese are all part of the hu­man spec­trum.

Why should the peo­ple af­fected by one of those vari­a­tions be deemed un­wor­thy of shar­ing the same ex­pe­ri­ences as any­one else?

Chang­ing the mar­riage act will al­low same-sex part­ners to en­joy the same ben­e­fits, in law, het­ero­sex­ual cou­ples cur­rently en­joy.

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